。， "It's that way," he said, pointing east. "That's east." Then hewent off into the longest speech he had yet indulged in,concerning the lay of Chicago. "You'd better look in those bigmanufacturing houses along Franklin Street and just the otherside of the river," he concluded. "Lots of girls work there.You could get home easy, too. It isn't very far."
As Carrie listened to this and much more of similar familiarbadinage among the men and girls, she instinctively withdrew intoherself. She was not used to this type, and felt that there wassomething hard and low about it all. She feared that the youngboys about would address such remarks to her--boys who, besideDrouet, seemed uncouth and ridiculous. She made the averagefeminine distinction between clothes, putting worth, goodness,and distinction in a dress suit, and leaving all the unlovelyqualities and those beneath notice in overalls and jumper.。，
"Not just at present," he answered smiling. "Not just atpresent. Come in some time next week. Occasionally we need someone."。， As the morning wore on the room became hotter. She felt the needof a breath of fresh air and a drink of water, but did notventure to stir. The stool she sat on was without a back orfoot-rest, and she began to feel uncomfortable. She found, aftera time, that her back was beginning to ache. She twisted andturned from one position to another slightly different, but itdid not ease her for long. She was beginning to weary.
At this task she laboured incessantly for some time, findingrelief from her own nervous fears and imaginings in the humdrum,mechanical movement of the machine. She felt, as the minutespassed, that the room was not very light. It had a thick odourof fresh leather, but that did not worry her. She felt the eyesof the other help upon her, and troubled lest she was not workingfast enough.。，
Drouet, for one, was lured as much by his longing for pleasure asby his desire to shine among his betters. The many friends he methere dropped in because they craved, without, perhaps,consciously analysing it, the company, the glow, the atmospherewhich they found. One might take it, after all, as an augur ofthe better social order, for the things which they satisfiedhere, though sensory, were not evil. No evil could come out ofthe contemplation of an expensively decorated chamber. The worsteffect of such a thing would be, perhaps, to stir up in thematerial-minded an ambition to arrange their lives upon asimilarly splendid basis. In the last analysis, that wouldscarcely be called the fault of the decorations, but rather ofthe innate trend of the mind. That such a scene might stir theless expensively dressed to emulate the more expensively dressedcould scarcely be laid at the door of anything save the falseambition of the minds of those so affected. Remove the elementso thoroughly and solely complained of--liquor--and there wouldnot be one to gainsay the qualities of beauty and enthusiasmwhich would remain. The pleased eye with which our modernrestaurants of fashion are looked upon is proof of thisassertion.。，